I currently work for a well known automaker through an agency as an occupational nurse. It is only PRN and thank God, because I wouldn't be able to do it full time.
I work any shift that is available (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) and to sum it up, I feel like it's school nursing for adults.
My day consists of sitting in the clinic waiting for someone to come to the window with their "complaint". I get alot of headaches, stomach aches, "I just threw up", etc. I give out Ibuprofen by the hand full.
Every now and then, there is an "emergency" in the plant, where an in plant "ambulance" will pick me up from the medical department and take me to the "scene". I have a trauma bag I carry, and since I've been there in 2 years, there has only been ONE real emergency, (code blue).
I work with another nurse and any night/day can consists of doing return to work questionnaires, doing physicals, doing UDS's, doing hair screening for pre-employment, tons and tons of paperwork related to work related injuries, lots of bandaids and applying ice/heat packs. We do have a "trauma bay" where there is an EKG machine (although it's as old as dirt), we can do IV's and ship out when need to. I've done a few IV's since I've been there.
All in all, you have to deal with the union, deal with the workers trying to get off work, deal with the labor dept, all trying to keep recordable rates down. You will be questioned by labor as well as the union when it comes to your nursing judgment because if an employee is "upset" that you did not let them go home due to their "illness", then they have no problem running to the union. And the next thing you know, the union is in your face questioning your nursing judgment when they have no medical background what so ever.
All in all, I stick to my guns and it's an ok job to give me a break from the ER.